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Welcome to Geeklog Thursday, April 17 2014 @ 08:16 PM EDT

Summer of Code students announced

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Google has just announced the list of students accepted into this year's incarnation of the Google Summer of Code. As you know, Geeklog did not make the cut for GSoC 2013, but the Fedora project generously offered us a student slot under their umbrella.

And so I'd like to announce and congratulate Benjamin Talić as the GSoC student for Geeklog this summer. Benjamin will be working on a project to crowdsource the Geeklog translations, hopefully helping us to keep the 30+ translations of Geeklog's UI into various languages more up to date in the future.

Congrats again, Ben. Welcome to Geeklog and we hope you'll have a great and productive time on the project :)

Tips on writing a GSoC application

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  • Friday, May 24 2013 @ 10:00 AM EDT
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My least favourite part of the Google Summer of Code (GSoC) is having to turn down all those students who sent in great applications and showed real enthusiasm for their project. But sadly, slots are limited and we have to make decisions.

But then there are also those applications that are ... not so great, to put it mildly. With all the available resources out there, you would think it's easy to read up on how to write a good application. In addition to the extensive GSoC FAQ provided by Google, there's the Student Guide as well as other useful publications, like the free ebook Open Advice, which contains tons of tips from open source mentors and former GSoC Students.

I realise all of this comes a bit late for this year's GSoC, but I thought I'd put it up now, for future reference, while memories of the latest round of application reviews are still fresh. So, in addition to the above-mentioned resources, here are some things that stood out in applications that we received over the years.

Geeklog in GSoC 2013 - Thanks to Fedora!

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  • Thursday, April 18 2013 @ 05:00 AM EDT
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Google have announced the 177 organisations that are participating in this year's Google Summer of Code (GSoC). Unfortunately, Geeklog didn't make the cut.

However, we are still participating in GSoC 2013 thanks to The Fedora Project, who generously offered us one of their student slots. Thanks, Fedora!

If you are a student interested in working with Geeklog (and Fedora) in the Google Summer of Code 2013, please have a look at the project ideas we selected, which are listed over on the Fedora Project's ideas list.

Google Summer of Code 2012 - without Geeklog

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  • Saturday, March 24 2012 @ 03:10 PM EDT
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Google has announced the mentoring organizations for the Summer of Code 2012. Geeklog applied but, unfortunately, wasn't selected as a participating organization for this year.

From the feedback we got, our application wasn't too bad, but Google had to draw a line somewhere to accommodate 41(!) new organizations that were accepted for the first time this year. So, congrats to all the 180 organizations (out of 406 that applied) that made it into GSoC 2012. We've had a great time in our four years in GSoC and we hope you do, too. We will surely be applying again in 2013 (should Google decide to run the program again)!

If you are a student interested in getting into open source development, you should head over to the official GSoC site and apply for a project from one of the accepted organizations. It's a great opportunity that you shouldn't miss.

GSoC 2012 Application

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  • Friday, March 09 2012 @ 01:30 PM EST
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It's that time of the year again: Google is running the Google Summer of Code again this year. As you may remember, we didn't make it last year, but we did apply again for 2012, so keep your fingers crossed.

Applications for organizations close in a few hours from now and the list of selected organizations will be published on March 16.

Our list of project ideas can be found on the wiki, if you want to have a look.

Google Summer of Code 2011 - without Geeklog

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  • Friday, March 18 2011 @ 04:00 PM EDT
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Google has announced the mentoring organizations for the Google Summer of Code 2011. Sadly, Geeklog did not make the cut this year. While we are a bit disappointed, of course, we would like to thank Google for the opportunity of spending 4 great summers on this program.

If you are a student interested in open source development, please head over to the official GSoC site and apply for a project from one of the accepted organizations. It's a great opportunity and you shouldn't miss it!

As for Geeklog: We are going to try and find out the reasons why we weren't accepted this year and will prepare for a better application in a possible future instance of the Summer of Code. And in the meantime, we have some work to do ...

GSoC 2011 - Call for ideas

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  • Monday, February 07 2011 @ 12:55 PM EST
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It's that time of the year again: Google has announced the Google Summer of Code 2011. We want to apply for participation again this year, but we're a bit short on GSoC-sized ideas right now. So this call goes out to the Geeklog community: Send us your ideas!

Please keep in mind that a GSoC project should keep a student busy for about 3 months. Oh, and since it's the Summer of Code, it must be a programming task of sorts, i.e. pure documentation or theming projects aren't allowed. But other that that, (almost) anything goes.

Let us know your ideas in the comments, on the wiki (wiki account handed out on request, if you don't already have one) or the geeklog-devel mailing list. Help us find some cool and useful projects to attract lots of great students :)

The 2010 Google Summer of Code Has Come to an End

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  • Wednesday, September 01 2010 @ 03:10 PM EDT
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August 16, two weeks ago already, marked the end of the coding period for this year's incarnation of the Google Summer of Code. We'd like to take this opportunity to thank our students, Stan, Vlad, Adeka and Tim, for their hard work and dedication. It's been a long, productive summer and the team will be working hard to finish and polish up the new features. Look for them in one of the upcoming releases.

Summer of Code Students announced

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  • Monday, April 26 2010 @ 03:25 PM EDT
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Google has just announced the list of accepted students for this year's incarnation of the Google Summer of Code. For Geeklog, the accepted students and their projects are:

  • Stan Palatnik will write a plugin for Social Networking, mentored by Randy Kolenko
  • Vlad Voicu will be working on a New Calendar plugin, mentored by Vincent Furia
  • Akeda Bagus will improve the Configuration GUI, mentored by Matt West
  • Tim Patrick will implement a Cross Site Publication system, mentored by Dirk Haun

Congratulations to Akeda, Stan, Tim, and Vlad, and we're looking forward to working with you during the summer. To further improve communications with our students, we will also assign each of them a co-mentor this year. Thanks to Tom Homer and Ben (aka cordiste) for helping out in this new role.

Thanks (again) to all those who applied and sorry to those who didn't make the cut. We had almost 50% more applications this year but had opted to go with fewer students, which made decisions especially hard. Please feel free to contact us with any questions regarding your application.

Google Summer of Code 2010

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  • Thursday, March 18 2010 @ 03:15 PM EDT
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Geeklog has been accepted as a mentoring organization for the Google Summer of Code(tm) 2010. After 2007, 2008, and 2009, this is now our fourth year on this program:

Google Summer of Code is a program that offers student developers stipends to write code for various open source projects. Historically, the program has brought together over 3,400 students with over 200 open source projects, to create millions of lines of code. The program, which kicked off in 2005, is now in its sixth year.

Student applications will be accepted starting March 29. Students interested in working on Geeklog, please have a look at our ideas page and feel free to use any of the contacts listed there to get in touch, starting now. Also, don't forget to check out Google's extensive FAQ.

We're very happy to be back in the Summer of Code and would like to thank Google for having us again. We're also looking forward to working with students over the next couple of weeks (during the application phase and beyond). So now let's hear all those great ideas you have for Geeklog :)

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